Chris Medina left ‘American Idol’ earlier this week after the judges felt he wasn’t among the best 24 contestants on the hit FOX show. The exit prompted judge Jennifer Lopez to erupt in a flood of tears during the emotional exit interview. Now, Medina has released a song based on his emotional story called ‘What Are Words’ on the ‘Idol’ 19 Recordings/Interscope imprint. The track was written and produced only a few days ago especially for Medina to perform by acclaimed hitmaking songwriter-producer Rodney Jerkins (Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige). The song is now available for download at iTunes. A video, shot this past weekend, just premiered on AOL.com.
A 26-year-old barista from Illinois, Medina captured the hearts of viewers for more than simply his vocal talent. His story of becoming the primary caregiver to his fiancée, Juliana Ramos, who was severely injured in a car accident just months before they were scheduled to wed, won him fans around the country. One of those touched by the story was Jerkins, who was so inspired that he penned ‘What Are Words’ for Medina to record earlier this week.
“To go from a mass audition in Milwaukee to the ‘American Idol’ stage in Hollywood and then to record an original song by and for Rodney Jerkins has been an amazing journey not just for me but for Juliana,” said Medina. “To be able to work in the studio with someone of his stature was a dream come true.”
Added Jerkins: “When I heard the story of Chris and Juliana, the words and music just flowed. Sometimes a song is more than a song and that’s really true with ‘What Are Words’.”
Watch ‘What Are Words’ below.